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'Stolen digger' used in Newtownabbey bank ATM theft

Substantial damage was caused to the building on the Mallusk Road Credit: Pacemaker

Police are investigating the theft of an ATM from a bank in Newtownabbey,

A stolen digger, was used to remove the machine from the wall of the premises on the Mallusk Road in the early hours of Friday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector David Henderson said: “At around 3.10am this morning a digger was used to remove the ‘built in’ cash machine from the wall of a bank on Mallusk Road. Substantial damage was caused to the building as a result of the incident. The digger is believed to have been stolen from a business a short distance away. It was set on fire at the scene immediately after the theft."

Police are appealing for anyone in the area of Mallusk Road between 2.30am and 3.30am to contact them. Credit: Pacemaker

Meanwhile, Retail NI has urged all businesses that have an external ATM to be vigilant following the incident.

Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “Yet again we awake to the news of another disgraceful ATM robbery. We would urge all businesses who have external ATMs to be vigilant, particularly if they are near building sites with diggers”

He added: “Retail NI would also urge building contractors to review the security of their sites”.